Members submit most of the content in Covenant’s four major communication vehicles, which are Covenant Matters, Cornerstone, a weekly email newsletter and the Covenant Blog. Do you have an event or announcement you would like to publish? Before submitting an article for a Covenant publication, check out the following guidelines. Then, click the appropriate button to access the submission form.
Which publication should I choose?
Each publication has a specific purpose and reaches a particular audience, though some are similar. Keep reading if you’re unsure which venue is right for your article.
Covenant Matters typically reaches the largest number of members. It’s a great place to publish a short article announcing an event or class. Since it is published twice a month, it’s usually best to submit an article no more than two times, and typically no more than a month or two before the event (unless it requires significant advance notice — e.g. an international mission trip). Due to space limitations, photos and special formatting are not available in Covenant Matters; submitted articles are simple paragraphs describing upcoming events. Word limit on articles is 130 words.
Cornerstone is mailed to approximately one-third of the congregation every three months. This publication provides a “Life Guide” to help members and visitors decide which activities and groups best fit their religious priorities. Readers of this publication will also find stories about experiences and people at Covenant. If you had a great time at a recent event or want to share your excitement and praise about a leader or volunteer, Cornerstone is the place to do it. Plan on submitting high-resolution, high-quality photos with your story to generate more interest. Word limit on articles is 1200 words.
The weekly email newsletter, sent out every Friday afternoon, announces activities for the next week and sometimes includes information about current events at Covenant. Formatting is similar to Covenant Matters, and, in fact, many of the same articles will appear in both publications (though at different times). Covenant emails the newsletter to a large number of both members and non-members.
The Covenant Blog is a collection of stories, news items, learning exercises and major announcements. Submitted content is always welcome. Stories that would be in Cornerstone but maybe aren’t timed right or don’t fit the current theme could be placed on the blog, along with Session news, pastoral updates and various other stories.
How long should my article be?
Covenant Matters and the email newsletter both have a limit of 130 words to ensure space for other submissions. Longer submissions must be approved by the communications staff at email@example.com. We give precedence to shorter articles.
Cornerstone and the blog have a limit of 1200 words; longer articles (700+ words) will typically be cut down for Cornerstone to reduce production costs. Longer articles must be approved by the communications staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. We give precedence to shorter articles.
When is the deadline?
Covenant Matters is published on the first and third Sundays of each month, unless otherwise noted. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on the preceding Tuesday.
Cornerstone is timed on the liturgical calendar, and comes out every three months: Aug. 15, Nov. 15, Feb. 15 and May 15. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on the eighth day of the preceding month (e.g. July 8 for the February/March issue).
The email newsletter is sent out every Friday afternoon. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on the preceding Wednesday.
The Covenant Blog does not have a deadline, as articles are published as they are received and edited. Please note that articles may not be published immediately; if they are not time-sensitive, they may be placed in a queue, to be published in the future.
Note: When entering the publish date, be sure to select an actual publish date. If the date is entered incorrectly, the article may be lost in the system and will likely not be published.
Keep in mind that submitting an article does not guarantee its inclusion in any publication. Covenant’s communications staff makes every effort to ensure that your article is published accurately and on time, but on occasion we must cut articles in order to fit content. If this is the case, we will contact you to discuss other publicity options.